There is something hauntingly beautiful about Giovanna Cerise’s newest installation Speculum at LEA 6. Immediately upon arrival I found myself mesmerized by this large and abstract build. A myriad of wooden beams of sorts are joined together in several intricate clusters and form a long tunnel as well as a few tent-like shapes. The tunnel itself is veiled in a kind of fine partially see-through black grid. Giovanna mentions in her exhibit notecard that her work is about mirrors: The mirror, as multiplicity and continuous playback. The mirror, where the invisible overlaps the original and the hidden appears suddenly. The mirror, as an illusion of which you can not do without. The mirror as a projection in an unreal dimension. The mirror that opens the door to …. This is without doubt one of the best large installations I have seen in Second Life© in a very long time. Bravo, Giovanna! Of note, however, not only at this exhibit but at other LEA sim exhibits as well, I find myself more and more distracted and bothered by the nearby sim installations. Igor Ballyhoo, in a Virtual Review interview, was right on mark; [t]he biggest problem with the LEA sims is that from one sim u see the other sims that are located next to it. This creates the feeling of a sandbox. You can’t enjoy going to the opera if in the room next to it there is rock concert. Speculum by Giovanna Cerise at LEA 6 will only remain open until the end of February 2015 so head over and take a look before it is too late.
Photographs of Giovanna Cerise’s work by Kate Bergdorf